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The best smart home devices you can buy right now (Spring 2020)

Millions of homes now contain a smart assistant speaker of some variety and sales of IoT products continue to grow as the market matures and prices come down across the sector. With so many options available, it's hard to know what to buy, and that's where we come in — this is a selection of our favorite smart home gadgets. Whether you want to just dip your toes in the water with a cheap Google Nest Mini or dive into the deep end with smart lights, cameras, thermostats, doorbells, and so on — we’ve got you covered.

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Anker's car microphone for Alexa is just $19 for today only

Before there was the Echo Auto, there was the Anker Roav Viva: an accessory that is part phone charger, part microphone for Amazon's Alexa voice assistant. If that sounds like something you might get some use out of, it's just $17.99 at B&H Photo for the next few hours.

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Marshall unveils compact 'Uxbridge' smart speaker, launching April 8 with Alexa support

Marshall has launched a few smart speakers, including the hefty Stanmore II. The new Uxbridge speaker won't take up nearly as much room on your shelf, but it has the same classic Marshall styling and support for voice assistants. Although, it won't have Google Assistant at launch.

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Wyze Band to combine activity tracking and smart home control, app teardown reveals

Wyze detailed the timeline of its upcoming smart home products last week, including the Wyze Band—a wearable that functions as a fitness tracker as well as allowing you to control your Wyze products from your wrist in the form-factor of the Fitbit Charge 3. Now, additional details have come to light thanks to some information in the public beta app.

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Amazon's first Echo Buds sale drops the price to $90 ($40 off)

Amazon released its first wireless earbuds last year, the Alexa-powered Echo Buds. If the $130 MSRP was a bit too high for you, Amazon has dropped the price on the Echo Buds for the first time, making them just $89.99 ($40 off).

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Amazon's Alexa-enabled smart oven is now available for $250

Smart devices are becoming increasingly popular in the kitchen, mainly because our hands tend to be dirty, and it's particularly convenient to control devices with your voice while doing other tasks. As one of the leaders in smart home infrastructures, Amazon wanted to be a bigger part of your connected kitchen by announcing its Alexa-enabled smart oven back in September. If you've been eyeing one, you'll be happy to know the appliance is now in stock on the retailer's site for $250.

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Every product with Amazon Alexa announced at CES 2020

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Now that this year's CES event has wrapped up and we've seen everything from the OnePlus Concept One phone, to new Fossil Gen 5 smartwatches, and a ton more, we've taken some time to pull together all the products that debuted with Amazon Alexa support. This year, there were significantly more Alexa-enabled gadgets than what we saw at CES 2018 and CES 2019 — great news for anyone who wants to dip their toes into the Amazon-connected ecosystem. We have more than 50 different products to check out, so let's dive right in.

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The Ecobee Switch+ smart light switch with Alexa drops to $40 (50% off)

If you're looking for an all-in-one smart home device, the  Ecobee Switch+ is the one you need. It's a smart switch that comes with Alexa and houses different sensors. It was initially priced at $80, but you can now get it for just $40, which is half the original MSRP.

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August's new Wi-Fi smart door lock is 45% smaller, doesn't require a hub

Smart locks add a level of convenience, as they let you leave your keys behind and grant access to guests remotely. Unfortunately, many of them are bulky, and often use a Bluetooth connection, which could require a separate hub. With the announcement of the Wi-Fi Smart Lock, August wants to address these issues, with a more compact device that connects directly to the Internet.

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Sonos sues Google for patent infringement, asks for sales ban on almost all Google devices

Amazon and Google's plays for user data have pushed the battle of the virtual assistants into the living rooms, kitchens, and bedrooms via the smart speaker. Sonos, which makes a number of audio products compatible with both Alexa and Google Assistant, feels it has been squeezed by both companies of its intellectual property in the middle of this war. However, The New York Times reports the company has decided to target only Google in two federal lawsuits and has sought sales injunctions for its speakers, smartphones, and laptops.

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